November 21, 2009

"They always understood that they might someday be called to account for that conduct and always have been prepared to accept full responsibility for it."

"They have done so today."

Walter K. Myers, 72, and Gwendolyn Steingraber Myers, 71, step up and take responsibility for 30 years of spying for Cuba, motivated by "conscience and personal commitment."

By the way, Walter Myers is the great grandson of Alexander Graham Bell.

18 comments:

Expat(ish) said...

"conscience"

Hmmm, reminds me of Inconceivable

You know, if you're, say, an Italian native over here as a sleeper and you're spying for your home country, I get that. I think you should be hanged, but I understand it.

But I have never understood an American spying for a communist country. It seems so deeply wrong.

The political version of child porn, I guess.

-XC

rdkraus said...

Can I have the sailboat they are forfeiting?

Scott said...

"Under the plea deal, the couple agreed to forfeit $1.7 million, the total of Myers's salary over the years, in cash and property to the U.S. government. That includes a prized 37-foot Malo sailboat."

Socialism is the opiate of trust fund babies.

The Crack Emcee said...

I, too, think they should be hanged.

Martha said...

"They always understood that they might someday be called to account for that conduct and always have been prepared to accept full responsibility for it," the statement said. "They have done so today."

But it took three decades before these traitors were caught spying. That is a lot of undetected spying going on in our State Department.

Bissage said...

In Mr. Berenson’s defense, it should be noted that a free moral agent no less important and prominent than the President of the United States once issued a public declaration that that he would “accept” censure.

William said...

Communism is an affectation of the disaffected bourgeoise....We all try to give our lives some higher purpose. I'm a child of the lumpenproleteriat. I was born into chaos and poverty. In the way that a drowning man discovers that the purpose of life is to learn how to swim, I discovered that the point of life is to make money. The good thing about living in America is that making a modest pile is by no means an inaccessible goal. It is easier to make your two commas than to write a novel. Despite what they tell you there are more Gatsby's and Sammy Glicks than Willie Lomans in this country.....The haute bourgeoise don't have the advantage of being crass. They can't transcend themselves by making money. They have to fulfill themselves with artistic pretensions and political affectations. Poverty is no big treat, but perhaps it is easier to climb out of a hole than to climb a mountain.

El Presidente said...

Children of privilege have always been an easy mark.

Pogo said...

McCarthyism!

Photog714 said...
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Photog714 said...

Hanging is too good for them. They should be transported to Cuba.

OCGA said...

Pollard spies for Israel for 3 years and gets life in prison. These traitors spy for Cuba for 30 years and get 7 years. Something is wrong here. They are not being held to account. They are getting minimally punished. It is really sickening.

bearbee said...

...motivated by "conscience and personal commitment."

But what was their reasoning?

Beth said...

What, spying is civil disobedience? Not as Thoreau or King defined it.

Full responsibility would have been to leave positions in a government that you can't serve honestly.

miller said...

Oh, thanks for bringing up the Pollard case.

C4 should be by anytime soon now to explain the REAL reasons for this.


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raf said...

@William 7:59. Amen.

vbspurs said...

Don't forget the FIU (Florida International University) professor and his wife, Carlos and Elsa Alvarez.

Just one of many many spies for Castro mainstream media rarely report on national news.

Cheers,
Victoria

a psychiatrist who learned from veterans said...

'Motivated by conscience' that no American after them should have a prized sailboat. LOL. That said the psychology of traitors is a sort of interesting issue in psychological disfigurement, see for instance Aldrich Ames. Offhand it seems there usually is a literal father that they are turned against, a father that served a cause well. Occasionally, the 'motivated by conscience' seems appropriate, for instance in the case of von Stauffenberg.

This case casts an interesting possibility on the A. Bell telephone invention, namely that the telephone reflects in part a fascination with 'listening in' on conversations or thoughts. That is what the spy of course was providing. So the spy may have, in part, been carrying on a family interest. In the Kremlin, Stalin's phone allowed him to listen in on any conversation in the Kremlin.